French teacher’s murder begs anger and fear of an attack as a curfew in Paris kicks in

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“We are all Samuel,” was the demonstrator’s total demonstration shout over France, expressing their shock at the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty.

At a memorial service in his honor, President Emmanuel Macron called on the country to unite, but there are growing fears that the government’s response will further marginalize France’s Muslims.

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Anger over beheading of French teacher ‘must not override rule of law’

An escalating breakdown of groups suspected of aiding or abetting Islamist extremists has prompted accusations that the French government is fighting hard over legal protection in the wake of the gruesome murder of 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty last week.

‘We are all Samuel’: Thousands gather in Paris to respect the murdered teacher

“We are all Samuel. We are also teachers. And we do not want to be killed just to do our job, ”a protester said on Sunday as thousands gathered in Place de République in Paris in solidarity with teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in a north-western suburb of Paris on Friday.

Covid-19 curfew threatens to bring down the last curtain on French cinemas

Despite a call from the film industry to ease the curfew under certain specific conditions, cinemas in the Paris region and eight other cities must close their doors at 21 every day along with theaters and restaurants. Industry officials warn that the new regulation threatens the survival of many of these companies.

Paris enjoys last night before the Covid-19 curfew comes into force

The day before Paris and eight other metropolitan areas in France set course for curfews overnight on the 17th-18th. October weekend, thousands of Parisians enjoyed one last night in the city. Over the next four weeks, about 20 million people will be home by noon. 21 under a curfew aimed at curbing the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

France pays tribute to the slain teacher Samuel Paty at the Sorbonne ceremony

France paid tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded last week by a man angry over his decision to share controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad with his class. President Emmanuel Macron spoke at an official memorial service attended by Samuel Paty’s family and about 400 guests at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

Hundreds gathered outside the Sorbonne University to watch the ceremony in memory of the murdered teacher Bertrand GUAY AFP

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Fear of their lives, thousands flee Nagorno-Karabakh to the Armenian city of Goris

Since the fighting broke out three weeks ago in Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian separatist enclave in Azerbaijan – thousands of people have fled their homes to seek safety elsewhere. As the conflict raged, Jowharmet some of the refugees in the Armenian city of Goris.

A mobile network on the moon: Nokia is building a 4G network on the moon

NASA is going back to the moon and this time will stay there by building a lunar base. And to help future Moon residents communicate, there are plans to build the first mobile network ever on the moon’s surface.

Nokia hopes to launch its 4G lunar network by the end of 2022. © Reuters / France 24

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Race to the White House: Rules for the American Election Process Explained

It is one of the most confusing aspects of the American election process. Many Americans themselves do not understand how it works, or even why it is still around. In five presidential elections so far – including the last in 2016 – the eventual winner lost the popular vote but won thanks to the Electoral College. As the United States enters a critical vote on November 3, Jowharexplains how it works.

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Armenian president: ‘Turkey has a completely destructive role in Nagorno-Karabakh’

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian spoke to Jowharfrom the capital Yerevan as the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region continues to claim civilian lives. Sarkissian accused Azerbaijan of having “started a war” and violated the two recent ceasefires. He also accused Turkey of having played “a completely destructive role” in the conflict “which has nothing to do with” the ambitions of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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The gardens of the Loire Valley of France, a feast for the senses

The vegetable garden at Château de Villandry with its 27,000 spring vegetables is one of the stars of France’s Loire Valley. For more than 20 years it has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gardeners should soon plant the summer flowers: it is a race against the clock. Meanwhile, visitors to the Château de Rivau can discover the beautiful scents of some 460 different varieties of roses. We also check out other charming gardens in the Touraine region, in Beaulieu-lès-Loches and in Chaumont-sur-Loire. An unforgettable sensory experience.

The Gardens of the Val de Loire © Screen Capture France 24

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French producers of nightlife music on how to continue in these Covid-19 times

As France implements a curfew from kl. 21 to kl. 6, which lasts at least until the beginning of December, the nightlife in Paris feels like a thing of the past. We spoke with Christophe Hétier, founding member of the French trip-hop band Télépopmusik; upcoming Ukrainian-born Paris DJ Kate Zubok; and Michaël Mateescu, programmer for La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their lives.

Carla Bruni on her new album and making music during lockdown

Supermodel, singer-songwriter, France’s former first lady: Carla Bruni has already played many roles. She is now releasing an eponymous album of love songs and talking to FRANCE 24’s Louise Dupont about making music during lockdown. Bruni also looks back on a career that has led her from fashion catwalks to the world concert halls with a small detour via the Presidential Palace in Paris.

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Hunters: Enemies or allies in the environment?

Hunters claim to be France’s leading ecologists. Yet the tradition shares meaning and has put hunters against conservationists. As the debate continues to rage, we ask: Does hunting harm or does it help the environment? We traveled to the Camargue region of southern France to find out more.

Hunters: Environmental Allies? © France 24

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What is behind the suicide of the waves in India?

Agriculture is the largest employer in India, with almost 50 percent of the country’s workforce employed in it in one form or another. But this important sector is recovering from the suicide of a number of farmers – one of the highest rates in the world. Jowharreports from Punjab, India’s breadbasket and one of the hardest hit states.

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